17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia holiday planner

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Cairns
— 1 night
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
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Perth
— 1 night
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Margaret River
— 2 nights
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Albany
— 1 night
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Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
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Hobart
— 4 nights
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Cairns

— 1 night

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, then kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then make a short side trip with Day Trips, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns sightseeing planning website.

Columbus, USA to Cairns is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 15 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Columbus in February: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 88°F and lows are around 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas

— 2 nights
A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
On the 15th (Mon), explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre, then see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the next day, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Daintree National Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip builder website.

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. February in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trips

Perth

— 1 night

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, look for all kinds of wild species at Caversham Wildlife Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Scarborough Beach, then kick back and relax at Cottesloe Beach, and finally appreciate the history behind State War Memorial.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Perth attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Port Douglas to Perth takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Port Douglas in February, plan for little chillier nights in Perth, with lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Perth

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Margaret River

— 2 nights
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
On the 18th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Sunflowers Animal Farm, explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Hamelin Bay, then Head underground at Jewel Cave, and finally enjoy the sea views from Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. On your second day here, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, do a tasting at Peacetree Estate, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ngilgi Cave, and finally kick back and relax at Meelup Beach.

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Traveling by car from Perth to Margaret River takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Adventure

Side Trips

Albany

— 1 night
Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): examine the collection at National Anzac Centre, take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge, stroll through Middleton Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Emu Point.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Albany day trip site.

Traveling by car from Margaret River to Albany takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Albany are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Albany

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Kangaroo Island

— 2 nights
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Get outdoors at Raptor Domain and Remarkable Rocks. Explore hidden gems such as Admirals Arch and Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Flinders Chase National Park, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kangaroo Island online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Albany to Kangaroo Island takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, ferry, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Albany to Kangaroo Island is 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Hobart

— 4 nights

Tasmania's Capital City

Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum and Bruny Island History Room are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Tasmanian Devil Unzoo and The Neck. Get out of town with these interesting Hobart side-trips: Bligh Museum of Pacific Exploration (in Adventure Bay), Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton) and Port Arthur (Remarkable Cave & Safety Cove Beach). The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Constitution Dock, steep yourself in history at Hobart Convict Penitentiary, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, and take in the views from Richmond Bridge.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hobart online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Kangaroo Island to Hobart in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. In February, daytime highs in Hobart are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. On the 27th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.